Naha (OKA)

Okinawa mural.

An Okinawa mural at Naha Airport

Naha Airport


Naha, Japan

Airport #109 · First visited 22 April 2023

Naha Airport is the primary airport serving the entire island of Okinawa. It’s also a pretty good distance from “mainland” Japan—about a two and a half hour flight from Tokyo.

My trip to Okinawa took me through Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Tokyo Haneda (HND), with long layovers at both. By the time I finally landed at OKA, it was already 22:30 local and I’d been traveling for 30 hours, so I didn’t have much opportunity or energy to look around. My return departure from OKA wasn’t until 13:55 local, though, so I got to the airport a few hours early to explore.

Arrivals loop outside of the OKA terminal.

Arrivals loop

Ticketing lobby atrium.

Ticketing lobby

Rooftop observation deck.

A rooftop observation area. Every Japanese airport I’ve been to has had one.

Two-story atrium heavily decorated with Pokémon.

I’m not sure if some event was going on or if the airport was just really into Pokémon. One of my hotels also had some Okinawa Pokémon decorations.

Domestic gate area.

Domestic gates. The rounded end of this concourse particularly reminded me of the eastern two satellite concourses at Orlando (MCO).